Building a culture of peace in Scotland

Peace & Justice supported the solidarity vigil with Ukraine in Edinburgh on Sunday 6 March.

(Photo: Natalie Taylor @Natalietaylorartist)

  • Troops out of Ukraine
  • UK government: open the borders to Ukrainian refugees
  • Russia and all nuclear weapons states, including the UK: sign up to the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty

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PEACE CRANES

Our Peace Cranes exhibition took place from 6 August until the middle of November 2021. As well as an exhibition of 140,000 origami peace cranes, we also ran a series of exhibitions and events alongside the peace cranes on the theme of peace, people and planet. In 2022, we are planning a further exhibition – Consequences – looking at the repercussions the use of the nuclear weapons for people around the world. Watch this space to find out more. In the meantime, you can look back on the events of 2021 here


TEACHING PEACE       

Our Peacebuilding in Primary Schools project facilitators have run Cooperative Games and Conflict Resolution courses in more than 50 primary school classes across Edinburgh and Glasgow. The programme is now available as a video series for teachers across Scotland to use with support from our Facilitators.

Find out more about the video series and how you can arrange to use them at your school here.

JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES

We’re advocating for justice for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Check out our new Briefings: Lack of Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers in Dungavel Detention Centre sets out the serious injustices for asylum seekers held by the Home Office in Scotland and find out how you can get involved as a volunteer advocate. Refugees on the Move looks at the difficulties faced by refugees on their journeys to and after they arrive in Britain.

A MEMORIAL FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

There are 37 war memorials in Edinburgh. Isn’t it time peacemakers are recognised in public space too?

Find out about our plans to build a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose war in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and how you can support the project.

We also organise Conscientous Objectors Day Vigils in Edinburgh annually. And, check out the stories of First World War COs in our Legacies of Resistance booklet here.

ADVOCATING DISARMAMENT

Peace & Justice is one of the civil society groups that campaigned successfully for an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – of which we are a partner – won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for this work.  

Our Peace Cranes project engages people in their communities to remember all those killed by the Hiroshima bomb and raise awareness of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. An exhibition featuring a catherdal-size installation of 140,000 peace cranes folded by volunteers at our workshops in Scotland, and sent from around the UK and beyond will launch at Edinburgh’s Just Festival in 2021. Find out more

We’re active in the Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland campaign. Check out the new report Nuclear Weapons, the Climate and our Environment report and the Stop Funding the End of World: A guide to nuclear weapons divestment in Scotland and and find out how you can take action to promote divestment.

CHALLENGING MILITARISM

We organise events like Fly Kites not Drones and collaborate with a number of groups to challenge militarism and promote alternatives to war. This year our Edinburgh Alternative Remembrance event will be part of an online UK-wide remembrance event organised by Peace Pledge Union. We regularly organise public talks by prominent speakers on peace and justice issues .

We’re part of the Global Campaign on Mililtary Spending and we’re working with Campaign Against the Arms Trade in Scotland to advocate divestment from arms. Check out our joint publication Made in Scotland that details the companies that are producing arms here and selling them to Saudi Arabia and other human rights abusers. 

 Find out about these and other projects we are involved in here

 

 

 

 

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